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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Just Go Get a Job

This will be a shocker to most people who are looking to get rich slow. Working for "The Man" is a good ticket to slow richness. It'll take all of your time and your compensation can be quite a bit lower than you'd expect. Here in Washington State, we have a high minimum wage and generally high housing costs. So, if you get a job around nine dollars per hour, you pretty much won't be able to buy food or anything except rent. That lack of excess money in your paycheck is exactly what we're looking for, and is essential to getting rich slow.

Lots of people are looking to find creative new ways to get rich slow: internet jobs, phone jobs, sales miracle plans, all that sort of thing. This is an age-old method and it's been working for thousands of years. Be a peon, get rich slow.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Get Rich Slow the Entrepreneurial Way

Pro tip: employees cost money.  This is something that you can't get away from no matter how you try.  If you are an employee, be sure that whomever hired you doesn't want to pay you a lot.  If they did, then we'd all go get jobs, and that is a preposterous notion.  So, if you get the brainiac idea, like almost everyone else on the planet has had, to start a business and work for yourself there is one benefit that will happen immediately: You don't have to pay yourself.  That's right, you can cut operating costs for labor to essentially a big zero if you don't greedily stuff your own pockets with frivolous "wages."  This is a huge discovery in the world of getting rich slow, and we'll expound a bit in this post giving you a few ideas for the price of one.

The most common way to see this money-saving strategy put into play is small restaurants like cafes or teriyaki joints.  How can someone make money selling food at an average of $5-6 per item?  Well, if there's a bunch of paid employees you'd have to have an immense amount of bulk which we all know doesn't happen when you first start out.  So, your best option is to just not have any employees and do all the work yourself.  You can show up at about 4am to start getting things prepped, and once you get all your customers out the door by 10pm it'll only take about an hour to close up shop, leaving you a full 5 hours for transit, sleep, and free time.  As an added benefit, you can eat while at work so you don't need to waste time doing that!  You'll also save lots of money on your entertainment budget while working 7 days per week as you won't really have much of a social life outside of your new restaurant.

Any sort of start-up job you can think of will have these benefits though.  Door-to-door sales for yourself, repair shop or handy-man work of some kind, whatever you're good at.  Shoot, you don't even need to be all that good at something when you have this astounding business advantage.  All the other companies will have labor expenses and yours will be free.

From the other side of the coin, I must issue a warning and there will be a full write-up on this later: if you get a job for one of these big companies, remember that they don't want to pay you.  You are an expense.  They'll call you an asset to make you feel good, but you can be sure they'd rather boil you in oil and serve you alongside a burger than give you a raise.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Weekend Update - Getting Rich Slow

Total this week:
Fuel for job interviews - approximately $16
Incoming cash from Mturk - $0.63


Monday, November 15, 2010

Step Two - Artificial AI

When getting rich slow, one must always remember how valuable one is. So, how valuable are you? Well, if you head over to you might be offended to know that some companies think you're barely smarter than a machine. Mechanical Turk, a service provided from, allows companies to request Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs) which they have deemed too complicated or too costly to be completed by a mindless machine. So, you are their machine.

The tasks presented are essentially internet-based data entry, quality ratings, or audio transcriptions that a computer can't quite handle. Doing something like visiting a website from a phone directory to see if the phone number matches on the website, viewing videos that were someone else's search results and judging whether or not the video was relevant to the search, or listening to audio that is either designed so that a computer cannot use speech recognition or where there is background noise making it inaccurate for a computer to complete the task. The general idea is that you get paid a few cents per task, but the companies are pretty frugal and have found out how to put four or five tasks on the page at once, so when you submit all five completed tasks they only have to pay you once.

Is it a great way to make money? Well, no, it really isn't. However, if you have nothing else going on at the time, it is real and authentic US dollars stored in an Amazon account. I made about nine dollars in my spare time over the course of about four days. Some of the time spent was entertaining, such as rating videos for quality, and some of it was a learning curve to figure out exactly how things were working out. Would I want to do it for an actual job? Maybe if I lived in Fiji and my monthly expenses were only about twenty bucks. As a college student with expenses around a grand every month, though, it's barely enough to scratch the surface. Bottom line: time is money. Mturk is better money than doing nothing.

How well do machines get paid? Well, I ran some numbers and if you have a good internet connection and a decent PC with no distractions, you can sometimes get up to about $5 per hour providing you can find something that suits your skills and you can crank them out with accurate repetition. On average though, $.60 to $1 per hour is going to be more likely.

As with every money-oriented thing on the entire planet and especially on the internet, there's plenty of scammers. There's HITs who say they'll pay you $7 to install their new game and test it out and see if you like it. Seven dollars to test a game!? Absolutely, where do I sign up? Well, they show you where to sign up and also show you how to install their cool little program which will then load up your machine with spyware. Later, they'll more than likely find a loophole making it so they don't have to pay you. The one I tried didn't pay me but since I am aware and skilled enough to remove the malicious spyware, I figured I'd at least give it a try and see if it was legit or not.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, folks. Get Rich Slow doing what artificial intelligence cannot, or better yet tell your pals in Fiji that they can do it and ask them if they've got a room I can rent from them.

How to Get Rich Slowly: The First Step!

Hello, and welcome to, the premier blog providing methods, tips, advice, and encouragement on the ever-growing topic of getting rich... slowly. Ok, so it might actually be the only blog dedicated to this topic, but it's premier anyway! Our full set of features will include satire, sarcasm, quips, joshing, melodrama, and in the near future we hope to branch out into full-scale mockery. Add to your favorites, follow us on facebook, check us eight times every day on your expensive cell phone when you're supposed to be working, just make sure you don't miss any of the action provided FREE here at the Get Rich Slow blog.

In all honesty, there will likely not be updates all that frequently, as get rich schemes take time to plot and even more time to hatch. You wouldn't want to read about an unhatched get rich scheme, or a half-plotted scheme would you? No, I thought not. But, enough of the introductory ramblings, let's get to the meat and potatoes of today's money-making formulation.

Step One: Freelance Writing: my name is Kevin Smith and I am a published writer. No, I'm not exploiting some little loophole, I've been published more than once. I'm exploiting two little loopholes. You've never seen any of my work, so don't worry about whether you've forgotten what will someday be a ludicrously valuable piece of modern literature. Until now, that is. Why am I blogging all this stuff? For experience, of course. Who would want to hire a professional blogger who has never blogged? You guessed it: no one. How many people are hiring professional bloggers, you ask? Well, not that many. There are, though, lots of opportunities to write short articles, post on other's blogs, or write content for other's blogs on a pay-per-piece basis.

If no one hires someone with no experience, how do you get experience in order to be hired? Do what I'm doing... write for free. The Get Rich Slow blog is currently funded entirely by oxygen and sugary cereal, and quality control is provided by a burning desire to have a portfolio with which to be able to get freelancing jobs while attending college to pay for all the Subway sandwiches I will be consuming over the next three or four years. A vital step in getting rich slow is working for no money at all, but working for the hope of possibly getting money later.

On that note, though, there is a warning affixed. If working for no money can help you make money later, maybe I could make extra money later by paying someone to allow me to work! It's sheer brilliance, and I should have told you to put on sunglasses before reading it's rational radiance. The world of freelance writing has scads of unuseful websites who try to scam you out of your lazily-gotten money by selling you kits to help you start making money as a writer. There's plenty of places that will assist you in publishing your own works as well, generally for a hefty sum which you probably won't see returned. Those are get rich quick ideas, and perhaps that's why they have such a low success rate. In the get rich slow model, however, there are much greater chances to achieve the goals that will pay you $4/hour part-time.

So, you have your work laid out for you in plain and, for the most part, grammatically-correct english. Get started in your freelance writing career by commenting on this blog! No one likes a sassy freelancer, so remember to be nice, courteous, use proper punctuation and spelling, and above all else keep yourself in the know and get rich slow.